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As of: October 2016

Protection and Sustainable Use of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity in the Gulf of California

Objective and activities

This project is enhancing the conservation of biodiversity in coastal and marine areas in the Gulf of California and promoting the sustainable use of biological resources. To this end, it is working with the local partners to lay the groundwork and establish a communication strategy - in particular a common vision - for a concerted approach to preserving the biological resources in the region. It is also building the capacities of the protected area authorities, standardising the different systems for monitoring biodiversity, integrating information on climate change into regional conservation activities and promoting networks among the protected area authorities. Special-use zones and 'no-take' zones combat the effects of industrial fishing and increase the protected area authorities' scope for action. Incorporating strategic coastal and marine biodiversity conservation principles into sustainable tourism creates other sources of income, especially for local fisherfolk. Examples of successful local initiatives will be compiled to serve as a model and a basis for creating new project activities, and will be distributed throughout the region.

State of implementation/results

  • Two annual forums were conducted to share lessons learned among the park management authorities.
  •  A needs analysis was carried out at the protected area authority CONANP using questionnaires regarding training needs, and the development of corresponding curriculum was initiated.
  • An ‘Expo of successful models for biodiversity protection and sustainable use’ was organized for over 200 stakeholders from all regions on the Gulf and representatives of the local population presented their initiatives for biodiversity protection.
  • So far the protected area authority CONANP has been commissioned usage agreements covering a total of 22 kilometers of coastline and 40 hectares of coastal zones.
  • Several coordination workshops were conducted for designating special use zones and to foster acceptance among local stakeholders.
  • In addition to various training measures in Mexico and Germany, a park director and two regional directors participated in the World Parks Congress in Australia.
  • Development and implementation of a new communications strategy.
  • Implementation of workshops in collaboration with fishing cooperations and the protected area authority CONANP to foster certification of sustainable fishing products in seven marine protected areas.
  • Strategy Plans for all five cluster of marine protected areas in the Golf of California were elaborated.

Project data


Partner institution:

Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP)

Implementing organisation:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

BMUB grant:
€ 9,430,000

08/2012 till 07/2017


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